I am in a total haze lately. I’m so lucky that I cooked a bunch of stuff to share with y’all last weekend, because I have just been out of sorts all week. I may have had to resort to posting cute pictures of my dogs and nothing else (which is not so bad).
Working as a small business consultant and QuickBooks expert, tax time (December-March 15th, the corporate tax filing deadline) is usually the worst time of the year for me. My customers are stressed out, and that energy transfers to me. Well, people who filed an extension for 2010 had their returns due yesterday. Guess how many people called me this week to do their entire 2010 fiscal year’s worth of bookkeeping by yesterday? Let’s just say a lot. My whole problem is that I can never say no. I love my job because of the close interaction I have with small business owners, and getting to see their triumph’s and struggles first hand. Its a great learning experience for me, without ever having to risk any of my own capital. I really care about these people and I know that missing a deadline like this could be very costly to them. So I just say yes……and usually end up working late, or very, very early in the mornings, to get it all done. Not too terrible unless this gets paired with a visit from your in-laws. Yeah, its been one of those weeks.
Its tough having such a creative personality, but having to work in such a rigid, analytical, math based career. Fortunately, I have this blog to allow me the freedom to do whatever the hell I want, whenever I want! FREEDOM! (ok, I may be losing it a bit) Back to the good stuff. I’ve totally been slacking on Seasonal Potluck this month. Even though I have TONS of ideas floating in my head, I haven’t been able to produce very many of them…yet. Last weekend, I was delivered a gift basket full of italian goods including some great looking pastas. I opted to roast up a bunch of tomatoes to make an easy marinara to go with them. Now, I’m not sure why my sauce looks so much oranger than the original recipe photos, but I assure you, it still tasted great! It was very simple to make, and made the house smell amazing while The Hubs watched football on Sunday.
Roasted Tomato, Garlic and Onion Marinara recipe from For The Love of Cooking
- 5-6 tomatoes (fresh from the garden if you can)
- 1/2 sweet yellow onion, diced into chunks
- 5-6 cloves of garlic
- 1-2 tbsp olive oil
- 1 tsp dried basil
- 1 tsp dried oregano
- Pinch of crushed red pepper (or more)
- Sea salt and fresh cracked pepper, to taste
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Clean tomatoes, remove stem, then gently cut an X on the bottom of the tomatoes. Heat a large pot of water until boiling. Add the tomatoes and boil for 10-15 seconds. Remove from water and put into an ice bath. Once the tomatoes have cooled, gently peel off the skin. Cut the tomatoes in half and place on a baking sheet lined with tin foil. Sprinkle the onion chunks around the tomatoes. Place the garlic cloves inside the tomato halves. This protects the garlic from burning and infuses the tomato with the roasted garlic flavor. Sprinkle the herbs and seasonings all over along with the sea salt and pepper to taste. Drizzle with olive oil and place in the oven for 30-40 minutes or until the tomatoes, onions and garlic are tender, sweet and juicy. Be careful not to over cook them because the tomatoes will dry up.
- 1 28 oz can of crushed tomatoes
- 1 tsp sugar (optional)
- Dried basil, to taste
- Dried oregano, to taste
- 4-5 fresh basil leaves, chopped
- 1 tbsp fresh parsley, chopped
- Parmesan cheese
- Spaghetti (or whatever pasta you desire), cooked per instructions
Place the tomatoes in a large Dutch Oven along with a can of crushed tomatoes and puree with an immersion blender. Taste and re-season with sugar (if desired), basil, oregano, salt or pepper, if needed. Cover with a lid and simmer for 2-4 hours. Add fresh basil and parsley then serve. Top with Parmesan cheese and more basil.
Off to work today, then some touristy stuff with the in-laws, then a sunset cruise on San Diego bay, which I’m really looking forward to. I hope I can stay awake! Happy weekend to all. 3 cheers for Friday!!